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10/24/2014 Jimmy Rollins, SS (Phi) Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins are the first co-winners of Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award. The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent the sport and is named for the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Analysis: Rollins developed JRoll's Aces in 2007 through The Rollins Family Foundation to provide tickets to children in disadvantaged areas who excel in academics.
10/24/2014 Paul Konerko, 1B (CWS) Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins are the first co-winners of Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award. The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent the sport and is named for the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Analysis: Konerko founded the "Bring Me Home Campaign," which also includes a pair of former teammates: retired great Jim Thome and the Los Angeles Angels' Gordon Beckham. The campaign says it has raised nearly $450,000 to assist foster children in Illinois.
10/24/2014 Adam Wainwright, P (StL) Wainwright has undergone what the team describes as minor elbow surgery that should not set him back for next season.

Analysis: The Cardinals say Friday's operation was an arthroscopic procedure to trim a small piece of cartilage from the right elbow. The 33-year-old Wainwright is expected to begin physical therapy in two weeks and resume his offseason throwing program in eight weeks. Wainwright went 20-9 with a career-low 2.38 ERA in 32 starts this season.
10/24/2014 Miguel Cabrera, 1B (Det) Cabrera has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture.

Analysis: Cabrera will be reevaluated in three months. The Tigers say the stress fracture was to the navicular bone. Cabrera dealt with ankle problems during the Tigers season, which ended with the team eliminated from the AL Division Series by Baltimore.
10/23/2014 Cesar Jimenez, P (Phi) The Phillies agreed to a one-year deal with Jimenez, they announced Thursday.

Analysis: Jimenez didn't record a decision and posted a 1.69 ERA over 16 innings for Philadelphia in 2014.
10/23/2014 Grady Sizemore, CF (Phi) The Phillies and Sizemore have agreed to a one year, $2 million contract. The team announced the contract, which includes performance bonuses, on Thursday. Sizemore would have been eligible for free agency after the World Series.

Analysis: Sizemore split the 2014 season between the Red Sox and Phillies, hitting .233 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 112 combined games. He hit .253 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 60 games for the Phillies.
10/23/2014 Tim Lincecum, P (SF) Lincecum is set to undergo treatment and further evaluation on his tight back once the team returns to AT&T Park.

Analysis: Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner says in a text message that ''he is doing OK'' and Lincecum will be checked out further. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was walked off the field by Groeschner during the eighth inning of San Francisco's 7-2 loss in Game 2 when his lower back tightened up on him. He hadn't pitched since Sept. 28, not called upon out of the bullpen during the NL Division Series against Atlanta or the NLCS versus St. Louis.
10/22/2014 Jared Burton, P (Min) The Minnesota Twins have declined their $3.6 million option for 2015 on Burton, who gets a $200,000 buyout and becomes eligible for free agency after the World Series.

Analysis: The 33-year-old had a stellar 2012 season for the Twins, posting a 2.18 ERA in 64 appearances with an opponent batting average of .186. But he regressed the last two years, with his walks going up and his strikeouts going down. Burton went 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 68 games this season while losing his spot as the primary setup man.
10/22/2014 James Shields, P (KC) Shields recorded just nine outs in Tuesday's World Series opener, a 7-1 home loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: "Big Game James" has hardly lived up to his nickname in the postseason. He's 3-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 10 career starts there and is 1-1 with a 7.11 ERA in four playoff starts this year. He was charged with five runs and seven hits while throwing 71 pitches Tuesday.
10/22/2014 Madison Bumgarner, P (SF) Bumgarner was superb in the World Series again with a 7-1 victory in Tuesday's opener of this year's Fall Classic against Kansas City.

Analysis: Bumgarner gave up one run and three hits in seven innings to improve to 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA in three career World Series starts. He's 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA in five games this postseason and had a record streak of 32 2-3 scoreless innings in road playoff contests snapped Tuesday.
10/22/2014 Dan Haren, P (LAD) Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday.

Analysis: The Dodgers said the 30-minute procedure on Haren's non-throwing shoulder was to clean out bursitis and the AC joint. He will begin his rehab in a week and is expected to be ready by spring training. The 34-year-old right-hander had a 13-11 record with a 4.02 ERA this season.
10/21/2014 Jerome Williams, P (Phi) Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Analysis: Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. He also pitched for Houston last year and was 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 37 games with all three teams. He made 11 starts overall. The 32-year-old Williams has pitched for seven teams in his nine-year career. He's 48-54 with a 4.40 ERA in 192 games.
10/18/2014 Madison Bumgarner, P (SF) Bumgarner will pitch the World Series opener for the San Francisco Giants at Kansas City on Tuesday.

Analysis: Bumgarner, an 18-game winner, was voted NL Championship Series MVP as the Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals in five games.
10/17/2014 Travis Ishikawa, 1B (SF) Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

Analysis: Ishikawa, called up from the minors July 29, went 5 for 13 with three extra-base hits and seven RBIs in the NL championship series. He played in the 2010 World Series with the Giants, who will seek their third title in five years.
10/17/2014 Madison Bumgarner, P (SF) Bumgarner has been chosen MVP of the NL Championship Series after his latest display of postseason poise for the San Francisco Giants.

Analysis: Bumgarner tossed eight solid innings Thursday night in Game 5 and took home MVP honors after the Giants rallied for a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Travis Ishikawa's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. The big left-hander also pitched shutout ball in a Game 1 win at St. Louis, getting the Giants off to a fast start in a best-of-seven series they won 4-1. Now, they're headed to the World Series for the third time in five years.
10/16/2014 Tony Cruz, C (StL) Cruz is in the St. Louis lineup for Game 5 of the NL Championship Series with the Cardinals facing elimination by the San Francisco Giants. A.J. Pierzynski caught the previous two games in place of injured star Yadier Molina and went 1 for 6 with an RBI single Wednesday.

Analysis: Cruz is in to face a lefty starter in Madison Bumgarner and to catch ace Adam Wainwright's tough curveball. Molina is missing his third straight start Thursday night after two losses at AT&T Park. He strained his left oblique muscle during Sunday's Game 2 at Busch Stadium.
10/16/2014 David Ortiz, DH (Bos) Ortiz will return to the World Series as an analyst for Fox. The network said Thursday that the Red Sox slugger will be on the pre- and postgame shows for Games 1 and 2. He'll appear alongside Frank Thomas, Nick Swisher and Gabe Kapler on the set.

Analysis: "Big Papi" won a World Series ring with Boston last year, and has a .455 batting average in 14 career World Series game. Game 1 will be played Tuesday at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.
10/15/2014 Lorenzo Cain, CF (KC) Cain has been selected MVP of the AL Championship Series after helping the Kansas City Royals to a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

Analysis: Along with making a series of splendid defensive plays in center field, Cain had eight hits in the series, matching the franchise record for an ALCS set by Willie Wilson in 1985 against Toronto. Cain matched a Royals record with four hits in Game 2 on Saturday, and scored Kansas City's first run in Game 3 on Tuesday night. He also laid down a key sacrifice bunt - the first of his career - that helped the Royals take a 2-0 lead in the first inning Wednesday.
10/15/2014 Mike Napoli, 1B (Bos) Napoli will have surgery to treat a sleeping disorder.

Analysis: The disorder occurs when someone briefly stops breathing during sleep. It can disrupt sleep, leading to fatigue. The surgery involves repositioning the jaws and sometimes the tongue to keep the windpipe from becoming obstructed. A year after helping the Red Sox win the World Series, Napoli batted .248 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs this season while fighting injuries to his finger, toe, knee and back.
10/15/2014 Alex Rios, RF (Tex) Rios will become a free agent after the World Series.

Analysis: After Wednesday's decision, Texas could still work out another deal for Rios to return next season. Rios hit .280 with four home runs and 54 RBIs in 131 games this year. He sprained his left ankle in August and didn't play after Sept. 4 because of an infected thumb.
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